• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
If you seek to contribute to the building of peace, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, the IEC: International Educating Class programme at UC Leuven-Limburg blends theory and practice of capacity building, development work, and education into one exploratory and enterprising trajectory.


By choosing the IEC: International Educating Class programme at UC Leuven-Limburg, either as a full year or a one-semester course, you participate in an “International Educating Class” that will expand your view on the meaning, impact and organization of future education.

The IEC welcomes qualified teachers as well as other bachelors, masters of graduates from a broad variety of college and university courses from all over the world. Whether or not you already are a teacher, you will be able to use the programme’s tools for analyzing, fine-tuning, and revitalizing your professional life. At the same time, you will learn to apply educating competences in all areas of your personal life.

The programme has been officially recognized by the Flemish Ministry of Education in Belgium and is supported by UNESCO. Graduates receive an officially recognized certificate. It does not lead to a teacher’s certificate though for those who enroll with another qualification.


The IEC programme empowers teachers and future educators for their jobs in the 21st century, as entrepreneurs, as researchers and as learning specialists. Through methods like scenario planning, participatory research, cooperative learning, project management, reflection and appreciative inquiry, students are challenged to find new ways to creatively respond to the current needs of their work environments and to think up plausible courses of positive, innovative action for the future.

The IEC shares UNESCO’s commitment to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realization of everyone’s right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.

The programme actively contributes to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – through implementations of the Education 2030 Framework for Action and the UNESCO ASPnet Action for Global Citizenship.


The IEC programme components are all inspired by and organized around UNESCO’s five major programmes and its “4 Pillars of Education”, reflecting an integrated approach to education:

  • Learning to know – a broad general knowledge with the opportunity to work in depth on a small number of subjects and learning to learn.

  • Learning to do – to acquire not only occupational skills but also the competence to deal with many situations, to put knowledge into innovation and to work in teams.

  • Learning to be – to develop one’s personality and to be able to act with growing autonomy, judgment and personal responsibility.

  • Learning to live together – by developing an understanding of other people and an appreciation of interdependence.

IEC students will increase their potential for:

  • Recognizing problems
  • Seeing what the issues at stake are
  • Gaining knowledge through research and discovery
  • Seeing possibilities
  • Thoroughly assessing alternatives
  • Acting effectively and in an ethically correct way
  • Dealing with ambiguity and failure
  • Solving problems at hand
  • Foreseeing and planning new courses of action
  • Embracing a diversity of worldviews and knowledge systems
  • Negotiating differences and achieve common goals
  • Taking on responsibilities for oneself, for the other and for a common future

Programme Structure

The IEC comprises two semester programmes that can be followed in any sequence or as separate entities: “Entrepreneurial Educators for Change” (Fall, Sept-Jan, 30 ECTS) and “Learning for a Sustainable Future” (Spring, Feb-June, 30 ECTS). 

To graduate from the Postgraduate Programme Education for the Future, you must obtain at least 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      Entrepreneurial Educators for Change (Fall, September - January) Learning for a Sustainable Future (Spring, February - June).
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Diploma/degree: We will accept your diploma/degree/certificate if it grants access to a similar degree programme in higher education in the country where the diploma/degree was issued. We use international  recognition databases, such as UK NARIC, Nuffic NL, to assess your diploma/degree.
  • Additional requirements: We expect you to have a score/grading at the 75th percentile or higher (e.g. GCSE Advanced Level with a minimum score of "C") or similar academic achievement.
  • Application fee: 50 euro

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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